Development of an online university-based Physical Activity and Obesity education program

Diabetes Educ. 2008 Sep-Oct;34(5):766, 770, 772-4 passim. doi: 10.1177/0145721708324763.


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the development and implementation of an undergraduate university core course titled, Public Health Issues in Physical Activity and Obesity (KIN1304) at a diverse, urban university.

Methods: The course was designed to provide the scientific and public health information on obesity with a goal of prevention. Whereas the course was administered to college students, there are several applications within diabetes education where its content may be useful.

Results: The course is entirely Internet based (by means of WebCT Vista) and is a university core requirement for all undergraduate degree programs on campus. Development of such a course provides an opportunity to reach a large portion of the undergraduate population.

Conclusion: Development of the Internet-based course, Public Health Issues in Physical Activity and Obesity (KIN1304) may be useful for educating a wide variety of people regarding the risks and prevention associated with obesity and diabetes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Curriculum
  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity
  • Obesity / pathology*
  • Online Systems
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Physical Exertion
  • Universities